Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ginola's Premier Days Behind Him

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ginola's Premier Days Behind Him

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Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS

DAVID GINOLA today ruled out a playing return in England as he prepared to take part in tomorrow's charity match for Tottenham against DC United. Ginola will make an emotional return to White Hart Lane to line-up alongside Glenn Hoddle, Jurgen Klinsmann, Paul Gascoigne and Chris Waddle in a game to raise cash for former Spurs players.

The flamboyant winger is now back in France after inglorious spells with Aston Villa and Everton and in an exclusive interview with Standard Sport, 35-year-old Ginola confirmed his Premiership playing days were over.

He said: "I don't think I will be play professionally in the Premiership again. I don't want to argue with chairmen and managers about what I can and cannot do.

"I don't want to be treated like a 20-year-old. I like my life at the moment. I am spending more time with the people I love - something I could not do for many years because of the football. I have been away too long from my roots."

Ginola says his love affair with the Spurs fans remains very special to him and that he would have remained at the club if manager George Graham had not pushed him out without warning.

"I would never have left but for him. I had a discussion with Alan Sugar, who was the chairman at the time, and told him that I really loved Spurs and playing for them," he said. "But Sugar told me that he needed to sell me and that is what he did. He told me what the price would be and that I was free to go. I remember him saying: 'The manager does not want you anymore.' "We had just won the Worthington Cup and yet the manager wanted to sell me. That was the end really for me in England because I could not see myself starting again somewhere else. I was a Tottenham player and part of the legend of Spurs. I knew that starting again at another club at 33 would be difficult and it turned out to be a nightmare. …

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